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Asia’s women in bartending

An ever-growing and updated list of women working in Asia’s alcohol industry. By Holly Graham.

Despite the ever-growing collective of incredibly talented women in today’s bar industry, there still remains a lack of female representation in competitions, awards, judging panels, editorials, masterclasses and the like. Inspired by a project I learned about from the women’s bar community in Australia and in honour of International Women’s Day, now seemed like the right time to create DRiNK’s own list of female bar industry professionals in Asia.

After calling for women to share their professional roles and receiving an overwhelming response of over 250 names, the list has now become a reality – a living, breathing being that proves there are no more excuses. As a fellow woman working in the alcohol industry, I hope to see it continue to grow, evolve and serve as a valuable resource to our community.

If you would like your name added to the list, or if your entry needs updating or correcting, please email me on holly(at)drinkmagazine.asia stating your full name, current position, venue and location. Must be based in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, India or Laos and working in the alcohol industry, inclusive of bartenders, bar owners, bar floor staff, distributors, writers, journalists, brand reps/ambassadors, sommeliers, brewers, distillers etc. Let’s keep building the list and lifting fellow women in the industry. Please also feel free to join the Facebook community for women in the industry – Asia Women in Booze.

HONG KONG & MACAU

Imelda Ng, assistant bar manager at Caprice Bar, Four Seasons, Hong Kong

Summer Lo, assistant bar manager at Blue Bar, Four Seasons, Hong Kong

Sabrina Cantini, assistant Lobby Lounge manager and resident mixologist at InterContinental, Hong Kong

Masumi Tomioka, bar manager at Duddell’s, Hong Kong

Rachel Tow, general manager at Employees Only, Hong Kong

Anne Sophie Cros, bar manager at Lobster Bar, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Arlene Wong, business development manager at The Bottle Shop and bartender at The Pontiac, Hong Kong

Miyako Kai, Japanese journalist based in Hong Kong, contributing to Japanese media including Drink Planet

Phoebe Leung, bar supervisor at Mrs.Pound, Hong Kong

Beckaly Franks, owner of The Pontiac, Hong Kong and The Pontiac Stardust, Bali

Valarie Noiman, bar manager at The Pontiac, Hong Kong

Tracey Villegas, co-captain admin at The Pontiac, Hong Kong

Heidi Cat, head bartender at The ThirtySix Bar & Co, Hong Kong

Anjana Rai, general manager at Stockton, Hong Kong

Heather Cheng, bartender at Duddell’s, Hong Kong

Yvonne Chan, head bartender at The Old Man Hong Kong

Kay Tam, bar supervisor, Gough’s on Gough, Hong Kong

Tiana Ludhani, Group marketing and events manager at Ming Fat House, Hong Kong

Chanel Adams, commercial director of Merchants of Pleasure, Hong Kong

Roxanna Blanco Jessop, director at Barrio Brands, Hong Kong

Laurie Goldberg, co-owner of Bestbev HK, Hong Kong

Sophie Foxall, account manager at Bestbev HK, Hong Kong

Sandra Kwong, Hong Kong brand manager of Kona Brewing and vice president of Hong Kong Craft Beer Association, Hong Kong

Victoria Chow, founder and managing director at The Woods, Hong Kong

Ila Ng, owner and founder of Ilan Cafe Bar • Casa de Modas, Hong Kong

Josephine Cheng, business development manager at H.K. Lovecraft, Hong Kong

Grace Tam, assistant marketing manager at H.K. Lovecraft, Hong Kong

Alina Revinskaia, assistant bar manager at Maze Grill and Bread Street Kitchen, Hong Kong

Alicia Cheng, brand manager at Campari, Hong Kong

Jennica Ladrera, bartender at Vida Rica Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Holly Graham, managing editor of DRiNK Magazine Asia, Hong Kong

Nat Lau, bar manager at The Old Man Hong Kong

Sky Huo, bar manager at The Sea, Hong Kong

Adena Lavin, restaurant manager at Wagyu Mafia, Hong Kong

 

SINGAPORE

Zurina Bryant, director at IB HQ, Singapore

Chloe Wood, Bruichladdich and The Botanist APAC brand ambassador, Singapore

Zuzana Cerven Kromková, assistant manager at Manhattan Bar, Singapore

Yeonju Sophia Kang, senior bartender at Manhattan Bar, Singapore

Sarissa Rodriguez Schwartz, Founder of SJS Group Singapore (LuLu’s Lounge, Employees Only Singapore, Employees Only Hong Kong, Bang Bang Nightclub, Pasta Bar and Papi’s Tacos)

Macarena Rotger, bar manager at The Other Roof, Singapore

Jayden Ong, senior bartender at Nutmeg and Clove, Singapore

Charmaine Ann Thio, regional brand ambassador SEA at Hendrick’s Gin, Singapore

Symphony Loo, Campari Group regional brand ambassador for SEA, Singapore

June Baek, bartender at Madame Fan, JW Marriott, Singapore

Rachel Ling, senior client manager at Proof & Company, Singapore

Bannie Kang, head bartender at Anti:Dote, Fairmont Singapore

Simone Dyson, business development manager at La Maison Du Whisky Singapore

Krissy Jesudason, front of house manager at Idlewild, Singapore

Liz Teo, general manager at Employees Only Singapore

Priscilla Leong, head bartender at Long Bar & Plantation Room, Raffles Hotel Singapore

Denise Khan Tan, customer marketing at Bacardi Singapore

Nicole Roche, brand manager of Dyspatchr, Singapore

Kino Soh, owner and bartender at Highball, Singapore

Anna Princena, manager at Highball, Singapore

Sihan Lee, food and drinks writer/ World’s 50 Best Tastehunter, Singapore

Simin Kayhan, co-founder of Paper Lantern Distilling, Singapore

Hutch Hutchinson, senior spirits advisor and event master at Proof & Company, Singapore

Richelle South, commercial director, Proof & Company, Singapore

MunnYi Chan spirits advisor and event coordinator, Proof & Company, Singapore

Jana Yar, booze photographer, Singapore

Linda Rejfkova, bar manager at Screening Room / Catchfly, Singapore

Hazel Long, bartender at The Monarchy, Singapore

Reena Rivera, bartender at 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

Stefanie Goh, director at Distilled LLP and owner of Birdy Brew (Artisanal Cold Brew Coffee)

Celia Schoonrad, co-founder and creative director at The Compound Collective, Singapore

Iris Gaile Raymundo, bar manager at Quaich Bar Waterfront Plaza, Singapore

Vivian Pei, academy chair at World’s 50 Best (Asia), Singapore

Sarah Thallon, sales manager of TSH Group, Singapore

Misa Kinjo, country manager of Thrive.Asia, Singapore

Monica Koo, bartender at The Mark (Work Project), Singapore

Patri Lozano Peral, bartender at 28 HongKong Street, Singapore

Nadia Nurin, assistant mixologist at Ce La Vi, Singapore

Zerlina Zhuang, founder of Spirits Castle Pte Ltd and WhiskyGeeks.sg, Singapore

 

THAILAND

Anyanee Laokham, outlet manager at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Suwincha Singsuwan, head bartender at Rabbit Hole, Bangkok

Pailin Sajjanit, bar manager at 008 Bar, Bangkok

Wa Pornpatima, partner at Asia Today, Bangkok

Ann Pinsuda Pongprom, head bartender at The Bamboo Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Bell Bell Paradee, Vesper, Bangkok

Kham Mini, Vesper, Bangkok

Mae Piyada, 80/20, Bangkok

Lily Kittisrikangwan, Teens Of Thailand, Bangkok

Ertz Rawitira, Backstage, Bangkok

 

MALAYSIA

Renalyn StoDomingo De Vera, bartender at RhuBar, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Lolita Goh, owner and operator at JungleBird, Kuala Lumpur

Jeannie Lee, assistant floor manager at Pacific Standard Bar, Alila Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Aurelie Duboé, blogger at Cocktails in KL and contributor to Thirstmag and Manza, Kuala Lumpur

Kit Yin, owner and operator at Joloko and Botakliquor, Kuala Lumpur

Janice Lau, senior bartender at Omakase + Appreciate, Kuala Lumpur

Abigail Chua, assistant marketing manager at Single Malt, Kuala Lumpur

Eiling Lim, independent whisky bottler, Kuala Lumpur

Alison Christ, certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, wine director at Troika Sky Dining, Kuala Lumpur

Shirmy Chan, bar manager of at Monarchy, Kuala Lumpur

Angel Ji, co-founder of MY Bartender’s Handshake, Kuala Lumpur

Caden Chua, bartender at Coley, Kuala Lumpur

Kim Choong, founder and editor of Thirstmag, Kuala Lumpur

Flavia Galeotti, senior writer at Thirstmag, Kuala Lumpur

Pong LiNi, brand manager for Tito’s, Citadelle, Plantation and La Clandestine, Kuala Lumpur

Michelle Loh, director of Tong Woh Group, Kuala Lumpur

Angeline Tan, co-partner and operator, Three X Co, Kuala Lumpur

Shalini Surian, managing partner of Knowhere, Kuala Lumpur

Alicia Mak, owner/founder of Atas Speakeasy, Ipoh

 

VIETNAM

Ngoc Phung, bartender at Fox’s Den, Ho Chi Minh City

Xuan Hien, bartender at Drinking & Healing, Ho Chi Minh City

Nguyet Anh, Head Bartender at Hype, Ho Chi Minh City

Van Nguyen, bartender at Rabbit Hole, Ho Chi Minh City

Hoang Quyen, bartender at Below, Ho Chi Minh City

Kata Simon, bar consultant at Below, Ho Chi Minh City

Vita Vladimirsand, trade ambassador at Bacardi Vietnam

Quynh Thai, bar manager at Snuffbox, Ho Chi Minh City

Aurea Aguilar, customer marketing at Bacardi Vietnam

 

MYANMAR

Jen Queen, Beverage Director at 57 Below and Pied Piper of Party at Polygon Productions, Yangon

Nikki Barltrop, C.O.O. at 57 Below and Miss Chief Make at Polygon Productions, Yangon

Hnin Yee Htun Win, founder and operator at Father’s Office, Yangon

 

CAMBODIA

Solveiga Engele, brand ambassador at Samai Distillery, Phnom Penh

Julie Hedon, marketing manager at Samai Distillery, Phnom Penh

Hermione Brooks, director at Tomoka Cocktail Company, Phnom Penh

Helen Vlasyuk, bar manager at Elbow Room, Phnom Penh

Sorya Sao, co-owner at FizZ, Phnom Penh

Dara Champich, master distiller and production manager at Samai Distillery, Phnom Penh

Carla Molina Ruiz, spirits brand ambassador at Auskhmer, Phnom Penh

Tania Unsworth, co-founder of Seekers Spirits, Phnom Penh

 

PHILIPPINES

Kiara Opeda, independent bar consultant at bar manager at Limbo, Manila

Jessica Constantino, country representative Philippines at Beam Suntory Asia, Manila

Kathrin Osmillo, head bartender at OTO, Manila

Vanessa Rabadon, head bartender at Nokal, Manila

Loreen Apilado Hernandez, head bartender at Versus Barcade, Manila

Faye Fernando, bartender at Cove, Manila

Melody Lim, bartender at Cigar Bar, Solaire, Manila

Kia Rasing, boozehound at Apotheke Craft Spirits Co., Manila

Tatum Ancheta, founder and editor-in-chief at DrinkManila.com

Icy Mariñas, co-founder and resident mixologist at DrinkManila.com

Olga Azarcon, managing director at Moet Hennessy Philippines Inc

Vanee Gosiengfiao, general manager at Diageo Philippines

Gail Sotelo, owner of 2shotsandapint.com / beverage and restaurant consultant / beverage writer, part-time instructor for the WSET Program, at Enderun Colleges, Manila

Monica Llamas-Garcia, communications director and co-founder at Bleeding Heart Rum Company, Manila

Cristhel ‘Cri’ Molina, senior brand manager of global travel retail at Bleeding Heart Rum Company, Manila

Erica Larkins, brand manager at Bleeding Heart Rum Company, Manila

Vanessa Singson, chief executive officer at VASST Exchange International Inc, Manila

Cyrene de la Rosa, freelance content creator / columnist at Metro.Style Buzz and Bites / contributor at ANCX, Manila

Deanna Rubiano, co-founder of FOMO Concepts, Manila

Michiko Soriano, co-founder of FOMO Concepts, Manila

Kathryn Eckstein, bar and beverage innovator, Manila

Angelica Castro, bar team supervisor at Madison Lounge and Bar, Hilton Manila

Gladys Gloraine F. Munar , head bartender/sevice leader, at Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Abigael Quilal-lan, bartender at Proof, Manila

Audrey Gustilo, bartender at OTO, Manila

Karina Lugtu, bartender at The Curator, Manila

Sharleen A. Guevara, bartender at Manille Beach Bar, El Nido, Palawan

Louise Lloyd Oliverio, bartender at Raging bull Chophouse and Bar, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Janisa Manalang, bartender, at Centerplay, City of Dreams, Manila

April Chavez, bartender at High Street Café Bar, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Jairra Poltrias, bartender at Edge, Discovery Primea, Manila

Melody Joy Lim, bartender at Cigar Bar & Poker Room, Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila

Ella Mae Verona, bartende at Mireio, Raffles Makati, Manila

KOREA

Bomin Kim, bar manager and head bartender at Southside Parlor, Seoul

Dew Choi, senior bartender at Charles H, Four Seasons, Seoul

Nayoung Kim, bartender at Charles H, Four Seasons, Seoul

Polina Lee, bartender at Southside Parlor, Seoul

Lucie Mazet, bartender at Southside Parlor, Seoul

Gillian Tracey, bartender at Southside Parlor, Seoul

Sydney Langford, highballer at Pocket, Seoul

Sarah Watt, highballer at Pocket, Seoul

 

JAPAN

Kaori Kurakami, head bartender at Bar High Five, Tokyo

Mari Kamata, beverage manager, The Peninsula, Tokyo

Mayu Yamane Hi, public relations for Japan Mezcal Association, Tokyo

Hiroko Murata, freelance bartender,Tokyo

Mariko Shigenai, owner and bartender at The Bar Rose Garden, Hachinohe

Akiko Nakamura,head bartender at The Door, Kyoto

Saori Fukuram, owner and bartender at Bar Cove, Kobe

Mayu Kanaya, bartender at D-Heartman, Tokyo

Masako Ohta, owner and bartender at Bar Skye, Osaka

Yuu Okazaki, owner and bartender at Bar AVANTI, Tokyo

Reika Ono, owner and bartender at Bar Le Bateau, Kobe

Tomomi Murakami, owner and bartender at BAR ARCHE, Tokushima

Naoko Matsusaka, owner and bartender at SOULTOSOU, Hachinohe

Aki Kakiuchi, bar manager and head bartender at CURTAIN CALL, Aichi

Yasuyo Sato, owner and bartender at Bar KANADE, Sapporo

Tomomi Tanaka, bartender at Bar el CAMINO, Kobe

Yumiko Suzuki, manager and head bartender at BAR BROWN, Oita

Makiko Otsu, owner and bartender at BAR SEBEK, Fukuoka

Misato Narita, bartender at BAR TIGRATO, Tokyo

Miku Yamazaki, bartender at Minibar, Kyoto

Maya Ito, owner and bartender at Coffee&Bar RosePapillon, Kobe

Yu Abiko, bartender at Bar Newjack, Yokohama

Asami Sato, bartender at Platform 9, Pullman Tokyo Tamachi

Mina Ebihara, freelance bartender and master blender of Hinata Gin, Tokyo

Misaki Masutani, bartender at TONY’S BAR, Fukuoka

Tomoe Osawa, head bartender at Bar Adonis, Tokyo

Sayo Toyokawa, owner and bartender at Bar BLUE, Kumamoto

Mai Murasaki,  owner and bartender at BAR 34°, Kobe

Mano Takayo, head bartender at Bar Vacanza, Mishima

Kana Arai, bartender at BAR AVANTI, Tokyo

Miyako Tanaka, Kobe Bar Group general manager, Kobe

Nao Tsukada, owner and barista / bartender at Knopp, Osaka

Kristel Reb Alvar, bartender at Peter Bar The Peninsula Tokyo

Risa Ito, Bbar manager at Gion Yata, Kyoto

Takami MatsukI, owner and barista / bartender at Cafeplus, Kobe

Yui Ogata, bartender at Wine&Bar, Miyazaki

Yukiyo Kurihara, manager of bars, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Yoko Mori owner and bartender at Bar Mousse, Kyoto

Honoka Kishi, bartender at Bar Hiramatsu Umeda, Osaka

Misumi Takagi, bartender at Bar BenFiddich, Tokyo

Rimi Ikuta, bartender at BAR SLOPPY JOE, Kobe

Aya Hoshi, bartender at Bar Dealan-Dé, Tokyo

CHINA

Ana Souza, bar manager at 1515 West – Jing An Shangri-La, Shanghai

Lola Lau, bartender at The Odd Couple, Shanghai, China

Hsinyi Chiu, regional sales representative (bespoke) APAC at Atom Brands, Shanghai

Micaela Piccolo, editor at JERRY / business seminar committee chair for Tales of the Cocktail / brand specialist, Shanghai

INDIA

Nikoulina Berg, hospitality professional, MumbaI

Karina Aggarwal, alcohol and beverage writer / blogger, Delhi

Payal Shah, bar owner of Bootlegger, Bangalore

Khushnaz Raghina, brand ambassador at Diageo India, Mumbai

Feruzan Bilimoria, brand ambassador at Stranger and Sons, Mumbai

COVERING ASIA BUT BASED OUTSIDE THE REGION

Rebecca Sturt, head of business development Asia, Middle East and Africa for Chase Distillery and owner of Pineapple Bar Consultancy, Dubai

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